News Published 7 November 2011

Evening Standard Theatre Awards Shortlist

Nominations for Cumberbatch and Miller at the National.

Natasha Tripney

The short-list for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, announced today, pits Benedict Cumberbatch  against Jonny Lee Miller in the Best Actor category for their roles in the National’s production of Frankenstein. Also nominated were Charles Edwards for his performance in the Globe’s production of Much Ado About Nothing and Bertie Carvel for his performance as the terrifying Miss Trunchbull in the RSC production of Matilda the Musical, about to open at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End.

The Best Actress category sees Sheridan Smith’s deeply endearing performance in Rattigan’s Flare Path nominated alongside that of Kristin Scott Thomas in Pinter’s Betrayal and Samantha Spiro’s formidable matriarch in the Royal Court revival of Wesker’s Chicken Soup with Barley.

Richard Bean features twice in the Best Play category, for The Heretic at the Royal Court and for his (very loose) adaptation of Goldoni’s A Servant to Two MastersOne Man, Two Guvnors at the National. Gina Gionfriddo and Nina Raine were also nominated for Becky Shaw and Tribes respectively; EV Crowe, Vivienne Franzmann and Penelope Skinner all received nominations for the Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award.

In the Best Director category, Rob Ashford was nominated for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse alongside Dominic Cooke for his Chicken Soup with Barley revival at the Royal Court and Mike Leigh for his new play Grief at the National. Edward Hall was also nominated for his all-male Propeller productions of Richard III and The Comedy of Errors.

Matilda received a second nomination for Best Musical alongside Betty Blue Eyes and Alecky Blythe’s innovative verbatim musical London Road. Though open to all theatre creatives, this year’s Outstanding Newcomer nominations all went to actors: to Pheobe Fox for performances at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, the Royal Court and the National; to Kyle Soller for performances at the Young Vic and Royal Court; to Malachi Kirby for his performance in Mogadishu at the Lyric Hammersmith and to David Wilson Barnes for his performance in Becky Shaw at the Almeida.

The winners of this year’s Evening Standard Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Savoy Hotel on the 20th November 2011.

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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